Friday, May 29, 2009

Ceremony Reading...

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{Photo credit: Michele M. Waite}

"Union" by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other for years, through the first glance of acquaintance
to this moment of commitment. At some moment, you decided to marry.

From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been
making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those
conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long
walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and
continued with “I will" and "you will" and "we will” - those late night talks
that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” - and all those
promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. Just two people working
out what they want, what they believe, what they hope for each other.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The
symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one
another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and
dreamed - well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this
moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance,
friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have
learned much from one another in these last few years. You have learned
that good company and friendship count for more than wealth, good looks
or position. And you’ve learned that marriage is a maze into which we
wander – a maze that is best got through with a great companion.

Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and
things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows,
you shall say to the world, this - is my husband, this - is my wife.

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